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Parents charged in toddler's accidental shooting death

Posted October 2, 2009 2:17 p.m. EDT
Updated October 2, 2009 3:49 p.m. EDT

— The parents of a 2-year-old Sanford boy killed Wednesday morning in an accidental shooting were charged Friday with not securing the gun in their home.

Melanie Yvonne Tyson, 21, and Joey Durrell Tyson, 22, both of 522 Cannon Circle in Sanford, were charged with a violation of the storage of a firearm to protect minors law. Both were released on a written promise to appear in court.

Melanie Tyson and two other children, ages 3 and 4, were home at the time of the shooting.

Police said it was unclear whether the 2-year-old or one of the other children was handling the gun when it went off.

The 2-year-old was shot in the head and was pronounced dead at Central Carolina Regional Hospital.